There are very simple ways of identifying the correct custodians …

Comment on ‘First authentic Indigenous light festival of its kind in the world’ by Penangke.

There are very simple ways of identifying the correct custodians for Mparntwe. AAPA know who they are.
They might try to avoid talking to them but they know who they are.
Just because a certain person says he is Apmereke-artweye for Mparntwe it doesnt mean he is.
This self appointed custodian is one of the wrong people that the organisers are using to corrupt and confuse Arrernte people and culture.
He also is gathering around him other people looking to sell their culture for power and money. Another wants to bring pitji pitji people here to OK the desecration of an Arrernte site. I could go on. This new government should step in and ensure proper protocols are followed.

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‘First authentic Indigenous light festival of its kind in the world’
If this really was the first truly Indigenous lightshow they wouldnt be saying that the Yeperenye story is folklore in Central Australia. For Central Arrernte people it is much more than that this. It is just another example of the lack of respect of the organisers.
Sign the petition mentioned elsewhere on these pages.
Andrew Hopper from major events in Darwin and Giles Westley from AGB events in Sydney eventually met with senior custodians quite some time after they had made their plans but still many months ago, long enough to change their plans.
But no. No respect. No ethics. No integrity.

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